2011 Daniel Bouland Chiroubles

SKU #1121845 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Bittersweet wild and choke cherry are incisively accented by raw ginger and white pepper in Bouland’s 2011 Chiroubles, whose silken, caressing texture and mid-palate expansiveness reflect its generous ripeness and relatively low acids, but whose long finish nonetheless projects a delightful sense of juicy refreshment and invigoration. Open and utterly unmysterious, this should delight through at least 2015. (Candied and high-toned distillate-like expressions of raspberry and cherry are especially prominent in the 2009 today, which has admirably retained its sense of brightness even though one feels faint alcoholic warmth.)  (6/ 2013)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Brilliant ruby. Dark berries, smoky minerals and dried flowers on the pungent nose. Juicy and expansive in the mouth, offering appealingly sweet blackberry and boysenberry flavors and a hint of bitter chocolate. Finishes energetic and fruity, with impressive clarity and mineral-driven persistence.  (8/ 2013)

Wine Spectator

 Fresh and floral, with pretty raspberry, spice and wild strawberry fruit. Well-balanced. Drink now. (Web-2013)

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Varietal:

Gamay

- Ah, poor, oft-maligned Gamay. Once widely planted in Burgundy, today the grape is largely confined to Beaujolais. The varietal, officially called Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc is vigorous, early-ripening and can grow in cooler climates. The grapes naturally high acidity, low tannins and low potential alcohol lends itself to exuberant, fruity wines, ranging from the early-release Beaujolais Nouveau, to the more serious Cru Beaujolais from villages like Brouilly, Moulin-à-Vent and St-Amour that are steadily gaining in popularity (and can age remarkably well). Outside of Beaujolais, Gamay is also grown in small amounts around the Loire where it is called Anjou Gamay and Gamay de Touraine. It is also grown in Burgundy's Côte Chalonnaise where it is blended with Pinot Noir, as it is in Switzerland.
Country:

France

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Beaujolais

- Region in east central France, often considered a part of Burgundy, but really quite distinct. The principal grape grown here is Gamay Noir. Familiar to many as the source of the Beaujolais Nouveau, the first wine of the vintage, Beaujolais is often fresh, fruity and very appealing red wine. Besides the straight Beaujolais, there is also Beaujolais Villages, and what is known as Cru Beaujolais. The 10 individual Crus, such as Moulin à Vent, Brouilly, Fleurie, Julienas, St. Amour and Chénas, each have their own character, and much more depth than someone who has only tried a simple Beaujolais could ever guess. These often represent value-priced, lovely, food-friendly wines.